Monday wrap

Malevolent Bam takes revenge ... "We have yet to see a more perfect collision of Murphy's Law with the Peter Principle. In only three weeks' time, [he] has signaled to every terrorist on the planet that we are a sorry, groveling, ashamed nation ready to come to the diplomatic confessional. He is closing Gitmo within one year, has suspended trials there, and dismissed the charges against the U.S.S. Cole plotter. [He] has just put our money where his mouth is and is using $20.3 million to bring in Palestinian refugees from Gaza...[he] had the gall to pronounce the so-called economic stimulus bill absolutely free of 'earmarks' and 'make-do work'...but according to the Congressional Budget Office [this bill] will do worse to our overall economy than no government action whatsoever." And Obama has done all this with the predictable double-speak that characterizes malevolent intention, i.e., touting transparency while concealing everything, speaking of integrity while appointing crooks and incompetents riddled with conflicts-of-interest, supporting energy independence while killing off-shore and domestic oil-drilling and nuclear power, and feigning optimism while he speaks of impending "catastrophe" in order to push through a pork-laden, trillion-dollar-plus Stimulus plan that rewards the corrupt voter-fraud organization ACORN with billions and unions with discriminatory union-only labor agreements, paves the way for socialized medicine, and threatens to take away the most cherished rights of We The People. Unfortunately, he is acting out his rage on free-market capitalism, a free press, property and gun rights, a limited constitutional government, protection of the unborn, and everything else that is good and great about our country. (rightsidenews.com)

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The Union News weekend: Saturday | Sunday

U.S. welcomes Socialism

Unionists: We don't need no stinkin' global trade ... Union members who took part in weekend rallies across Indiana mixed complaints about the nation's recent job losses with calls for consumers to "Buy American." The workers rallied Saturday as part of union-sponsored "Rebuild America" events that came one day after Congress passed a $787 billion economic stimulus package that includes a "Buy American" clause. In Lafayette, about 30 other union members and their families staged a downtown rally, calling on elected officials to invest tax dollars in American products and American jobs. They also urged consumer to "Buy American." "Every time you turn around you see 'made in China' and stuff getting imported here. We're losing jobs," said Gregory Jones of Lafayette. (chicagotribune.com)

We don't need no stinkin' Chinese to buy our Porkulus debt ... China is rattled by the "Buy America" call in the $789 stimulus package passed by the United States senate because it will severely hit Chinese exports. The move has foreign policy dimensions because it might wipe out a lot of the trade surplus enjoyed by Beijing and effect China's ability to deal with the world. The Xinhua news agency, which is the organ of the Communist Party of China, described the move to favour American goods as a "poison" that would hurt efforts to solve the financial crisis. The Xinhua editorial also hinted as possible trade disputes concerning the package between China and the US at the World Trade Organization. (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)

Must. Pass. Porkulus.

We don't need no stinkin' non-union jobs ... People obviously should be free to join unions. But the vast majority of Americans choose not to do so, which is why organized labor represents only 7.5 percent of private-sector workers. Unions lose 40 percent of representations elections. The AFL-CIO complains that companies are blocking “workers’ freedom to form unions and bargain for a better life.” Labor activists prefer to collect sign-up cards (“card check”) than conduct secret ballot elections, which means employers have little opportunity to inform workers about the costs of unionization. Moreover, organizers can employ several forms of “persuasion” to win signatures. Warns Carl Horowitz at the National Legal and Policy Center, card check "opens workers up to undue pressure from union reps and fellow workers who support them." (michnews.com)

Anti-business Congress to force unions on small employers ... Senator John Thune (R-South Dakota) says taking away the right to a secret ballot would be disastrous for many of the businesses important to South Dakota's economy, including tourism and healthcare. "This is not a business-versus-labor issue. It's an issue where [if] people in this country go to a ballot box, they have a right to keep that decision private if they choose to do so," he contends, "and they shouldn't be forced to declare their position. This is a basic tenet of American democracy, and we think it ought to be preserved." (onenewsnow.com)

Union organizers to swarm North Carolina, Virginia ... A group opposed to union efforts is holding two days of events with leading North Carolina Republicans in Congress. Americans for Prosperity wants to defeat legislation sought by labor unions that would make it easier for workers to organize, and would pressure companies to negotiate wages and working conditions. The group is hosting a talk by U.S. Rep. Howard Coble at Greensboro's Historical Museum on Monday night. The focus shifts to Raleigh on Tuesday, where Sen. Richard Burr will speak at a rally outside the Legislative Building. That rally will also highlight opposition to collective bargaining for state employees. Only North Carolina and Virginia have laws expressly banning state and local governments from collective bargaining with employees. (wral.com)

International Collectivism

Hugo Uninterrupted: Socialists don't need no stinkin' Constitution ... Venezuela has paved the way for Hugo Chávez to stand for re-election as president after voting to lift limits on terms in office for elected officials. President Chávez, who has said he must stay in office beyond the end of his second term in 2012 to secure Venezuela's 'socialist revolution', pledged to remain in power for another decade. Opponents accepted defeat - but gave a warning that Chavez was becoming a dictator. 'We're democrats. We accept the results,' said opposition leader Omar Barboza. But they said the results were skewed by President Chávez's broad use of state resources to get out the vote, through a battery of state-run news media, pressure on two million public employees and frequent speeches all TV stations must air. Venezuela's Left-wing allies in Latin America have copied him. Ecuador pushed through a new constitution in September and Bolivia did so last month. Both loosened rules on the re-election of their president. (dailymail.co.uk)

Socialism thrives in Bolivia ... The official results of Bolivia''s referendum on a new constitution confirm what most observers had suspected: the country is divided along regional lines as strongly as ever but the geographical fault lines are set to be compounded by two other factors in 2009. First: Elections are scheduled for the end of the year. Second: The global economic turndown is going to make it more difficult for left-wing president Evo Morales to deliver social improvements to his supporters. Mr. Morales can claim a resounding victory with 61.4% of voters nationally backing the new constitution. (pamdemocrat.org)

Mugabe seeks shelter of communists ... Mr Mugabe, 84, and his wife Grace, 44, whose country is mired with poverty, hunger and hyper-inflation, also have a network of financial interests throughout the Far East, according to a Sunday newspaper. They have bought a luxury apartment in Hong Kong's Tai Po district through a middleman, the paper claimed. It said that they did so through a holding company called Cross Global, which purchased House Number Three in a new property development called JC Castle. The development is a walled and gated complex complete with gardens, a clubhouse and a swimming pool. Situated in the northern reaches of Hong Kong, the development is targeted at affluent Hong Kong residents who are seeking to escape the smog of downtown. The complex was built by Albert Yeung, one of the island's most colourful tycoons, who has been repeatedly accused of having links to both organised crime and the Chinese Communist Party but has never been convicted and denies any wrongdoing. (telegraph.co.uk)
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